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post #1 of 69 Old 05-22-2012, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Any Tire Recommendations For My Style Of Riding

Hey guys, this is my first post and my 2012 10r is only at 361miles(2days old).

On the second day i took the new bike out on a well known NY twisty section and when i got back home i saw i had the tires on and off the edges. I was hanging off the bike aggressively so i feel i need a tire with more of a lean angle.

The front tire was fully on the edge on the right, just off on the left.
The rear was marking the "sidewall edge" on the right and to the edge on the left. And that was w/less than 300mile on the bike.

The stock tires(bt-0014?) seem to have great feel and grip but i don't have the confidence in them after seeing how the looked after my first spirited ride.

What i am looking for in a tire is a "street tire", i need it to:
1. Warm up quick or preform great cold as i am rarely on roads that get sun, and i like to just hop on and go.
2. Have a better lean angle, i low side here and there on the street and i dont want to run into this on this beauty if possible!!
3. Price and mileage are not concerns, but i would like a responsive and quick turn in. The Pilot Pures on my other bike seem to take extra effort but have great specs on paper.

I am still breaking in the motor, haven't been over 90mph but damn does this bike feel like current technology.
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I knew i would forget some extra info.

I understand that i can go from the 190/55 up to a 190/60 and that would give me some extra contact patch on the sides of the rear tire.
I have even read on this forum that some are using a 200/60/17.
No options for the same theory for the front right? I can only go lower on the profile(120/60/17).

Any thoughts on playing around with the sizes, how will that effect the feel/performance. Will it be harder to turn in/slower response?

Edit. I am about 145lbs and the suspension feels kinda firm but not overly so, i dont even know how to begin making improvements in that department. How important is that to my overall experience?

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You must be ready for World Super Bike if you're out riding the BT-016's! Maybe you're leaning too far over? I've actually felt the stock tires aren't bad, but YMMV. Maybe some Dunlop Q2's or ?????? I don't think any tire is going to let you lean the bike even further over. If you're going edge to edge on the stock tires and they're holding on, then that means they're doing their job. Take it easy on the street.

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Id love to see a Picture of your "Front Street Tire" with No Strips on them!
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So, you've got the entire front tire used up edge-to-edge basically? You've got to be dragging hard parts if that's the case. The front tire is designed with more curvature so you still have some contact patch left when the rear runs out. I gotta see some pics of these tires.

The Dunlop Q2's are great tires. They wear out quickly, but stick like glue. They won't give you much more lean but they will stick better than the OEM 'Stones.

Going to a 190/60 will add more contact patch leaned over and be more rounded in the center to help get you to the edge of it quicker. You'll sacrifice some straightline stability and it will gear your bike down a bit being larger and heavier. As for the front, dropping the height to a 120/60 will only flatten out the profile and cause the steering response to slow down.

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Originally Posted by tampazx View Post
id love to see a picture of your "front street tire" with no strips on them!

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Yeah, here are pics of mine. Stock BT-016, roughly 2400 miles on them. As you can see my rear is "almost" to the edge and the front still has a ways to go. I can't imagine how you have used up the entire front, unless it was from a low-side!
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Here are the pics, broken down they are:
1. Front left
2. Front right
3. Rear left
4. Rear right(taken today because i got all flustered and forgot to sunday night after the ride due to the emence amout of chain grease everywhere including the sidewall that got spun onto the edge of the thread(that tire was at the edge when on the top of the mountain) The sidewall has a heavy deposit if grease on it..........not very happy about that!!!! i have had a broken wrist for 3months now, got my new cast for the next 6weeks today.
5. The current milage
6. Where i was when i was having fun(Bear Mountain NY).

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I wouldnt go with the 60's....I was just lookin at a local racer that very well known in my area and he went to a 60..Didnt use it all up...Weight is noticeable to..Stick with the 55 i say..
I to have noticed a few guys sayin stockers were not confidence inspireing,i have a gen 3 and thinkin about the pirelli rossos..

Best bet is read a few reviews and get their weights and come back for the thoughts of the guys here..

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